Showing posts with label Submitted For Your Approval. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Submitted For Your Approval. Show all posts

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Submitted For Your Approval



The Twilight Zone Vortex is an in-depth appreciation of Rod Serling's television classic. At the heart of the Vortex is a comprehensive, ongoing episode guide. Also included are bits of history, trivia, connections to other media, and guideposts to further research material. Use the labels on the sidebar to jump to your favorite episode or subject heading, or use the archive links to start from the very beginning. We encourage comments so feel free to drop a bit of your own commentary on your favorite episodes or post a question and we'll be happy to reply.


A Note on Format:
Episodes will be reviewed in the order of their original air date.  Each episode listing will include title, original air date, episode number, cast and crew information, Rod Serling's opening, closing, and preview narrations, an episode summary, and a critical review including trivia, notes, and cross referencing to other Zone episodes. Each episode will have one or more label(s) for easy access from the sidebar. Our favorite writers, other than Mr. Serling, and actors are given labels on their respective episodes as well as episodes graded as A+ or A.
A Note on Grading:
Episodes will be graded at the end of each individual review. Depending on level of quality, each episode will receive a grade of A+, A, B, C, D, or F.  Though it is impossible to grade the episodes in a completely unbiased manner, it is important to note that each episode will be graded on as objective a basis as possible, simply meaning that because an episode is traditionally popular with fans of the show (i.e. "Time Enough At Last" or "To Serve Man") does not necessarily improve its chances of receiving a high grade. Fans of the show will notice that our preferences may seem unconventional in places but we hope to provide a solid argument for recognizing some underrated episodes as well as exposing the flaws of some of the more perennially popular episodes. We want to lead new fans of the show to important episodes they may have skipped over as well as provide constant viewers with a fresh look at some of our favorite episodes. That said, here is how the grading breaks down:

A+ - This grade is, obviously, given to the best episodes of the show, and it is not given out lightly. These episodes display the highest quality in conception and execution that the show has to offer. If we could recommend only a handful of episodes to represent the best of The Twilight Zone, it would be the episodes bearing this grade. Click on the label "Top Rated Episodes" on the sidebar to jump to these listings.

A- Episodes receiving this grade are singular high spots for the show. These episodes represent high quality all around, have a depth and complexity that warrants repeat viewings, and are important aspects of the show's cultural identity. Click on the label "Top Rated Episodes" on the sidebar to jump to these listings.

B- These are the good episodes. They are well written and performed and can be watched multiple times with great enjoyment. They may only be lacking in one quality (writing, acting, directing, originality in concept, etc.) that prevents the episode from making a higher grade.

C- These are the average episodes, nothing great about them and nothing terrible, either. Many of these episodes are resultant of the formulas or conceptual cliches that, unfortunately, became common on The Twilight Zone, marking many of the episodes with this grade as "filler" material.


D- These are the bad episodes. Generally speaking, these episodes are very weak in one or more aspect(s) of conception and/or production. Many times a single poor quality (writing, acting, concept, etc.) is so profoundly bad that it will bring the entire episode down. These episodes are sometimes barely watchable a single time and almost never warrant an repeat viewing.

F- These are, obviously, the worst episodes. Basically, these are the sore spots for the show. These episodes have no redeeming qualities and nothing to recommend them to a viewer. Laughable in most places and always painful to watch, viewing these episodes even a single time is recommended for the completist only.
Complete List of Twilight Zone Episodes:
To get you started, the following is a complete list of all The Twilight Zone episodes from all three incarnations of the show (original series, first revival, and second revival). All episodes are listed in alphabetical order for easy reference.

Symbols:
+ = First revival (1985-1989)
* = Second revival (2002-2003)
^ = Other
Note: Original series episodes are not marked with a symbol.
Key: "Episode Title" (Season #; Episode #) Original air date

A

"Act Break"+ (1;8a) 15 November 1985
"Acts of Terror"+ (3;46) 3 December 1988
"After Hours, The" (1;34) 10 June 1960
"After Hours, The"+ (2;28a) 18 October 1986
"And When the Sky Was Opened" (1;11) 11 December 1959
"Another Life"* (1;27) 18 December 2002
"Appointment On Route 17"+ (3;50) 31 December 1988
"Aqua Vita"+ (2;26b) 4 October 1986
"The Arrival" (3;67) 22 September 1961
"Azoth the Avenger is a Friend of Mine"* (1;10) 16 October 2002
B
"Back There" (2;49) 13 January 1961
"Bard, The" (4;120) 23 May 1963
"Beacon, The"+ (1;11a) 6 December 1985
"Bewitchin' Pool, The" (5;156) 19 June 1964
"Big Tall Wish, The" (1;27) 8 April 1960
"Black Leather Jackets" (5;138) 31 January 1964
"Brain Center at Whipples, The" (5;153) 15 May 1964
"Burned"* (1;44) 1 April 2003
"Burning Man, The"+ (1;8b) 15 November 1985
"But Can She Type?"+ (1;13b) 20 December 1985
"Button, Button"+ (1;20b) 7 March 1986
C
"Caesar and Me" (5;148) 10 April 1964
"Call, The"+ (3;44) 19 November 1988
"Card, The"+ (2;32a) 21 February 1987
"Cat and Mouse"+ (3;59) 4 March 1989
"Cavender is Coming" (3;101) 25 May 1962
"Chameleon"+ (1;2c) 4 October 1985
"Changing of the Guard, The" (3;102) 1 June 1962
"Chaser, The" (1;31) 13 May 1960
"Chosen"* (1;16) 6 November 2002
"Children's Zoo"+ (1;3b) 11 October 1985
"Cold Equations, The"+ (3;51) 7 January 1989
"Cold Fusion"* (1;36) 4 March 2003
"Cold Reading"+ (1;18c) 14 February 1986
"Collection, The"* (1;38) 11 March 2003
"Come Wander With Me" (5;154) 22 May 1964
"Convict's Piano, The"+ (2;30) 11 December 1986
"Cradle of Darkness"* (1;5) 2 October 2002
"Crazy as a Soup Sandwich"+ (3;63) 1 April 1989
"Crossing, The"+ (3;38) 8 October 1988
"Curious Case of Edgar Witherspoon, The"+ (3;36) 24 September 1988
D
"Day in Beaumont, A"+ (1;24a) 11 April 1986
"Dead Man's Eyes"* (1;8) 9 October 2002
"Dead Man's Shoes" (3;83) 19 January 1962
"Dead Run"+ (1;19b) 21 February 1986
"Dead Woman's Shoes"+ (1;9a) 22 November 1985
"Dealer's Choice"+ (1;8c) 15 November 1985
"Deaths-Head Revisited" (3;74) 10 November 1961
"Death Ship" (4;108) 7 February 1963
"Developing"* (1;40) 18 March 2003
"Devil's Alphabet"+ (1;22b) 28 March 1986
"Dream Lover"* (1;4) 25 September 2002
"Dream Me a Life"+ (3;40) 22 October 1988
"Dreams for Sale"+ (1;2b) 4 October 1985
"Dummy, The" (3;98) 4 May 1962
"Dust" (2;48) 6 January 1961
E
"Elegy" (1;20) 19 Feb 1960
"Elevator, The"+ (1;16a) 31 January 1986
"Encounter, The" (5;151) 1 May 1964
"Escape Clause" (1;6) 6 November 1959
"Evergreen"* (1;1) 18 September 2002
"Examination Day"+ (1;6a) 1 November 1985
"Execution" (1;26) 1 April 1960
"Executions of Grady Finch, The"* (1;41) 7 May 2003
"Extra Innings"+ (3;37) 1 October 1988
"Eye of the Beholder" ["Private World of Darkness, A"] (2;42) 11 November 1960
"Eye of the Beholder"* (1;39) 30 April 2003
F
"Fair Warning"* (1;26) 8 January 2003
"Father and Son Game"+ (3;65) 15 April 1989
"Fear, The" (5;155) 29 May 1964
"Fever, The" (1;17) 29 January 1960
"Five Characters In Search of an Exit" (3;79) 22 December 1961
"Found and Lost"* (1;22) 27 November 2002
"Four O'Clock" (3;94) 6 April 1962
"Four of Us Are Dying, The" (1;13) 1 January 1960
"From Agnes-With Love" (5;140) 14 February 1964
"Fugitive, The" (3;90) 9 March 1962
"Future Trade"* (1;21) 27 November 2002
G
"Gabe's Story"* (1;23) 11 December 2002
"Game of Pool, A" (3;70) 13 October 1961
"Game of Pool, A" (3;55) ? 1989
"Gift, The" (3;97) 27 April 1962
"Girl I Married, The"+ (2;35b) 17 July 1987
"Grace Note"+ (1;23b) 4 April 1986
"Gramma"+ (1;18a) 14 February 1986
"Grave, The" (3;72) 27 October 1961
H
"Harsh Mistress"* (1;13) 30 October 2002
"Healer"+ (1;3a) 11 October 1985
"Hellgrammite Method, The"+ (3;42) 5 November 1988
"He's Alive" (4;106) 24 January 1963
"Her Pilgrim Soul"+ (1;12a) 13 December 1985
"Hitch-Hiker, The" (1;16) 22 January 1960
"Hocus Pocus and Frisby" (3;95) 13 April 1962
"Homecoming"* (1;42) 7 May 2003
"Howling Man, The" (2;41) 4 November 1960
"How Much Do You Love Your Kid?"* (1;34) 26 February 2003
"Hundred Yards Over the Rim, A" (2;59) 7 April 1961
"Hunt, The" (3;84) 26 January 1962
"Hunted"* (1;18) 13 November 2002
"Hunters, The"+ (3;39) 15 October 1988
I
"I Am the Night. . .Color Me Black" (5;146) 27 March 1964
"I Dream of Genie" (4;114) 21 March 1963
"If She Dies"+ (1;5a) 25 October 1985
"Incredible World of Horace Ford, The" (4;117) 18 April 1963
"In His Image" (4;103) 3 January 1963
"In Praise of Pip" (5;121) 27 September 1963
"Into the Light"* (1;29) 12 February 2003
"Invaders, The" (2;51) 27 January 1961
"I of Newton"+ (1;12b) 13 December 1985
"I Shot an Arrow Into the Air" (1;15) 15 January 1960
"I Sing the Body Electric" (3;100) 18 May 1962
"It's a Good Life" (3;73) 3 November 1961
"It's Still a Good Life"* (1;31) 19 February 2003
J
"Jeopardy Room, The" (5;149) 17 April 1964
"Jess-Belle" (4;109) 14 February 1963
"Joy Ride"+ (2;33a) 21 May 1987
"Judgment Night" (1;10) 4 December 1959
"Junction, The"+ (2;32b) 21 February 1987
"Jungle, The" (3;77) 1 December 1961
K
"Kentucky Rye"+ (1;3c) 11 October 1985
"Kick the Can" (3;86) 9 February 1962
"King Nine Will Not Return" (2;37) 30 September 1960
"Kind of Stopwatch, A" (5;124) 18 October 1963
L
"Last Defender of Camelot, The"+ (1;24b) 11 April 1986
"Last Flight, The" (1;18) 5 February 1960
"Last Lap, The"* (1;24) 11 December 2002
"Last Night of a Jockey, The" (5;125) 25 October 1963
"Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank, The" (3;88) 23 February 1962
"Lateness of the Hour, The" (2;44) 2 December 1960
"Leprechaun-Artist, The"+ (1;19a) 21 February 1986
"Library, The"+ (1;22c) 28 March 1986
"Lineman, The"* (1;11 & 12) 23 October 2002
"Little Boy Lost"+ (1;4a) 18 October 1985
"Little Girl Lost" (3;91) 16 March 1962
"Little Peace and Quiet, A"+ (1;1b) 27 September 1985
"Little People, The" (3;93) 30 March 1962
"Little People of Kellany Woods, The"+ (1;14b) 3 January 1986
"Living Doll" (5;126) 1 November 1962
"Lonely, The" (1;7) 13 November 1959
"Long Distance Call" (2;58) 31 March 1960
"Long Live Walter Jameson" (1;24) 18 March 1960
"Long Morrow, The" (5;135) 10 January 1964
"Lost and Found"+ (2;28b) 18 October 1986
"Love Is Blind"+ (3;62) 25 March 1989
M
"Man In the Bottle, The" (2;38) 7 October 1960
"Many, Many Monkeys"+ (3;61) 18 March 1989
"Masks, The" (5;145) 20 March 1964
"Matter of Minutes, A"+ (1;15c) 24 January 1986
"Memories"+ (3;41) 29 October 1988
"Memphis"* (1;33) 26 February 2003
"Message From Charity, A"+ (1;6b) 1 November 1985
"Midnight Sun, The" (3;75) 17 November 1961
"Mighty Casey, The" (1;35) 17 June 1960
"Mind and the Matter, The" (3;63) 12 May 1961
"Mind of Simon Foster, The"+ (3;57) 18 February 1989
"Miniature" (4;110) 21 February 1963
"Mirror, The" (3;71) 20 October 1961
"Mirror Image" (1;21) 26 February 1960
"Misfortune Cookie, The"+ (1;14c) 3 January 1986
"Monsters"+ (1;15a) 24 January 1986
"Monsters Are Due On Maple Street, The" (1;22) 4 March 1960
"Monsters Are Due on Maple Street, The"* (1;32) 19 Febuary 2003
"Most Unusual Camera, A" (2;46) 16 December 1960
"Mr. Bevis" (1;33) 3 June 1960
"Mr. Denton on Doomsday" (1;3) 16 October 1959
"Mr. Dingle, the Strong" (2;55) 3 March 1961
"Mr. Garrity and the Graves" (5;152) 8 May 1964
"Mr. Motivation"* (1;19) 20 November 2002
Mute" (4;107) 21 January 1963
N
"Need to Know"+ (1;21a) 21 March 1986
"Nervous Man In a Four Dollar Room" (2;39) 14 October 1960
"New Exhibit, The" (4;115) 4 April 1963
"Nice Place to Visit, A" (1;28) 15 April 1960
"Nick of Time" (2;43) 18 November 1960
"Night Call" (5;139) 7 February 1964
"Nightcrawlers"+ (1;4c) 18 October 1985
"Nightmare As a Child" (1;29) 29 April 1960
"Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" (5;123) 11 October 1963
"Night of the Meek"(2;47) 23 December 1960
"Night of the Meek"+ (1;13a) 20 December 1985
"Night Route, The"* (1;6) 2 October 2002
"Nightsong"+ (2;27b) 11 October 1986
"Ninety Years Without Slumbering" (5;132) 20 December 1963
"Nothing In the Dark" (3;81) 5 January 1962
"No Time Like the Past" (4;112) 7 March 1963
"Number Twelve Looks Just Like You" (5;137) 24 January 1964
O
"Obsolete Man, The" (2;65) 2 June 1961
"Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge, An" (5;142) 28 February 1964
"Odyssey of Flight 33, The" (2;54) 24 February 1961
"Of Late I Think Of Cliffordville" (4;116) 11 April 1963
"Old Man In the Cave, The" (5;127) 8 November 1963
"Once and Future King, The"+ (2;25a) 27 September 1986
"Once Upon a Time" (3;78) 15 December 1961
"One For the Angels" (1;2) 9 October 1959
"One Life, Furnished In Early Poverty"+ (1;11b) 6 December 1985
"One More Pallbearer" (3;82) 12 January 1962
"One Night At Mercy"* (1;2) 18 September 2002
"On Thursday We Leave For Home" (4;118) 2 May 1963
"Opening Day"+ (1;10c) 29 November 1985
"Our Selena Is Dying"+ (3;43) 12 November 1988
P
"Paladin of the Lost Hour"+ (1;7b) 8 November 1985
"Parallel, The" (4;113) 14 March 1963
"Passage For Trumpet, A" (1;32) 20 May 1960
"Passage On the Lady Anne" (4;119) 9 May 1963
"Passersby, The" (3;69) 6 October 1961
"Path, The"* (1;25) 8 January 2003
"Penny For Your Thoughts, A" (2;52) 3 February 1961
"People Are Alike All Over" (1;25) 25 March 1960
"Perchance to Dream" (1;9) 27 November 1959
"Personal Demons"+ (1;18b) 14 February 1986
"Person Or Persons Unknown" (3;92) 23 March 1962
"Pharoah's Curse"* (1;37) 23 April 2003
"Piano In the House, A" (3;87) 16 February 1962
"Placebo Effect"* (1;35) 2 April 2003
"Pool Guy, The"* (1;9) 16 October 2002
"Prime Mover, The" (2;57) 24 March 1961
"Printer's Devil" (4;111) 28 February 1963
"Private Channel"+ (2;33c) 21 May 1987
"Probe 7, Over and Out" (5;129) 29 November 1963
"Profile In Silver"+ (1;20a) 7 March 1986
"Purple Testament, The" (1;19) 12 February 1960
Q
"Quality of Mercy, A" (3;80) 29 December 1961
"Quarantine"+ (1;17b) 7 February 1986
"Queen Of the Nile" (5;143) 6 March 1964
R
"Red Snow"+ (1;21b) 21 March 1986
"Rendezvous In a Dark Place"+ (3;60) 12 March 1989
"Rewind"* (1;28) 5 February 2003
"Ring-A-Ding Girl" (5;133) 27 December 1963
"Rip Van Winkle Caper, The" (2;60) 21 April 1961
"Road Less Trevelled, The"+ (2;31) 18 December 1986
"Room 2426"+ (3;56) 11 February 1989
S
"Sanctuary"* (1;20) 20 November 2002
"Saucer of Loneliness, A"+ (2;25b) 27 September 1986
"Self Improvement of Salvadore Ross, The" (5;136) 17 January 1964
"Sensuous Cindy"* (1;17) 13 November 2002
"7th Is Made Up of Phantoms, The" (5;130) 6 December 1963
"Shades Of Guilt"* (1;3) 25 September 2002
"Shadow Man"+ (1;10a) 29 November 1985
"Shadow Play" (2;62) 5 May 1961
"Shadow Play"+ (1;23a) 4 April 1986
"Shatterday"+ (1;1a) 27 September 1985
"Shelter, The" (3;68) 29 September 1961
"Shelter Skelter"+ (2;33b) 21 May 1987
"Short Drink From a Certain Fountain, A" (5;131) 13 December 1963
"Showdown With Rance McGrew" (3;85) 2 February 1962
"Silence, The" (2;61) 28 April 1961
"Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine, The" (1;4) 23 October 1959
"Small Talent For War"+(1;15b) 24 January 1986
"Something In the Walls"+ (3;54) 28 January 1989
"Song Of the Younger World"+ (2;35a) 17 July 1987
"Sounds and Silences" (5;147) 3 April 1964
"Special Service"+ (3;64) 8 April 1989
"Spur Of the Moment" (5;141) 21 February 1964
"Star, The"+ (1;13c) 20 December 1985
"Static" (2;56) 10 March 1961
"Steel" (5;122) 4 October 1963
"Still Life"+ (1;14a) 2 January 1986
"Still Valley" (3;76) 24 November 1961
"Stop At Willoughby, A" (1;30) 6 May 1960
"Stopover In a Quiet Town" (5;150) 24 April 1964
"Storyteller, The"+ (2;27a) 11 October 1986
"Stranger In Possum Meadow"+ (3;52) 14 January 1989
"Street Of Shadows"+ (3;53) 21 January 1989
"Sunrise"* (1;43) 21 May 2003
T
"Tagged"* (1;30) 12 February 2003
"Take My Life. . .Please!"+ (1;22a) 28 March 1986
"Teacher's Aid"+ (1;7a) 8 November 1985
"There Was An Old Woman"+ (3;48) 17 December 1988
"Thing About Machines, A" (2;40) 28 October 1960
"Third From the Sun" (1;14) 8 January 1960
"Thirty-Fathom Grave, The" (4;104) 10 January 1963
"Time and Teresea Golowitz"+ (2;34a) 10 July 1987
"Time Element, The"^ 24 November 1958
"Time Enought At Last" (1;8) 20 November 1959
"Time Lapse"* (1;7) 9 October 2002
"Tooth Or Consequences"+ (1;16c) 31 January 1986
"To Protect and Serve"* (1;15) 6 November 2002
"To See the Invisible Man"+ (1;16b) 31 January 1986
"To Serve Man" (3;89) 2 March 1962
"Toys Of Caliban, The"+ (2;29) 4 December 1986
"Trade-Ins, The" (3;96) 20 April 1962
"Trance, The"+ (3;45) 26 November 1988
"Trouble With Templeton, The" (2;45) 9 December 1960
"Trunk, The"+ (3;49) 24 December 1988
"20/20 Vision"+ (3;47) 10 December 1988
"Twenty-Two" (2;53) 10 February 1961
"Two" (3;66) 15 September 1961
U
"Uncle Devil Show, The"+ (1;10b) 29 November 1985
"Uncle Simon" (5;128) 15 November 1963
"Upgrade"* (1;14) 30 October 2002
V
"Valley Of the Shadow" (4;105) 17 January 1963
"Voices In the Earth"+ (2;34b) 10 July 1987
W
"Walking Distance" (1;5) 30 October 1959
"Wall, The"+ (3;58) 25 February 1989
"Welcome to Winfield"+ (1;17a) 7 February 1986
"What Are Friends For?"+ (2;26a) 4 October 1986
"What's In the Box?" (5;144) 13 March 1964
"What You Need" (1;12) 25 December 1959
"Where Is Everybody?" (1;1) 2 October 1959
"Whole Truth, The" (2;50) 20 January 1961
"Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?" (2;64) 26 May 1961
"Wish Bank"+ (1;4b) 18 October 1985
"Wong's Lost and Found Emporium"+ (1;9b) 22 November 1985
"Word Play"+ (1;2a) 4 October 1985
"World Next Door, The"+ (2;28c) 18 October 1986
"World Of Difference, A" (1;23) 11 March 1960
"World Of His Own, A" (1;36) 1 July 1960
X
None
Y
"Ye Gods"+ (1;5b) 25 October 1985
"You Drive" (5;134) 3 January 1964
"Young Man's Fancy" (3;99) 11 May 1962
Z
None

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